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Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

ISBN-10: 0199244588
ISBN-13: 9780199244584
Edition: 2001
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Description: Medieval Europe was a rapidly developing society with a problem of violent disorder. Professor Kaeuper's original and authoritative study reveals that chivalry was not simply part of the solution. Chivalry praised heroic violence by knights, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Medieval Europe was a rapidly developing society with a problem of violent disorder. Professor Kaeuper's original and authoritative study reveals that chivalry was not simply part of the solution. Chivalry praised heroic violence by knights, and fused such displays of prowess with honour, piety, high status, and attractiveness to women. Though the vast body of chivalric literature, here examined, praises chivalry as necessary to civilization, most texts also worry over knightly violence, criticize all ideals and practices of chivalry, and often propose reforms. The knights themselves joined the debate, absorbing some reforms, ignoring others, sometimes proposing their own. Complexity likewise characterized the interaction of chivalry with major governing institutions ("church" and "state") emerging at the same time: kings and clerics both needed and feared the force of knighthood. This fascinating book lays bare the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.

Prologue
Issues and Approaches
The Problem of Public Order and the Knights
Evidence on Chivalry and its Interpretation
The Link with Clergie
Knights and Piety
Clergie, Chevalerie, and Reform
The Link with Royaute
Chevaleriue and Royaute
English Kingship, Chivalry, and Literature
The Ambivalent Force of Chivalry
The Privileged Practice of Violence: Worship of the Demi-God Prowess
Knighthood in Action
Social Dominance of the Knights
Knights, Ladies, and Love
Chanson de Geste and Reform
Quest and Questioning in Romance
Chivalric Self-Criticism and Reform
Epilogue
Bibliography

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